Dr. Linda

April 11, 2018

Dear Dr. Linda, I am in second grade and have a problem about math. My teacher just keeps giving me homework and it’s driving me crazy. Because she keeps giving it to me on weekends and spring and summer breaks. And it’s only one level and it’s too hard. But the other people who have special ...

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Dear Dr. Linda, I just picked up my 14-year-old daughter from a party and when I walked in, all the kids were on their phones wearing earphones. The room was so quiet, it was more like being at the library than at a party. I’m growing more and more concerned about my kids and, in fact, that ...

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Dear Dr. Linda, I just picked up my 14-year-old daughter from a party and when I walked in, all the kids were on their phones wearing earphones. The room was so quiet, it was more like being at the library than at a party. I’m growing more and more concerned about my kids and, in fact, that ...

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Dear Dr. Linda, I’m a school librarian and I wanted to remind your readers that March 2 was “Read Across America Day.”  Teachers, librarians and others who read with children encourage schools, libraries and parents to celebrate this day with their children. This special date was chosen because ...

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Dear Dr. Linda, I’m a school librarian and I wanted to remind your readers that March 2 was “Read Across America Day.”  Teachers, librarians and others who read with children encourage schools, libraries and parents to celebrate this day with their children. This special date was chosen because ...

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Dear Dr. Linda, Eddy, our son, is a 10th grader who is taking advanced math. He’s an excellent math student and wants to become an engineer. However, he’s not doing well this year because the teacher gives timed tests. You wrote about the issue with “math-a-minute” for elementary students once.

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Dear Dr. Linda, In kindergarten our daughter, Sally, was tested by the school because her teacher was concerned that she wasn’t picking up reading. At the time, her testing placed her in the gifted range. As the years went on she had some good years and some bad. It seemed to depend on the ...

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Dear Dr. Linda, I’ve been a third-grade teacher for over 20 years and have never allowed my students to celebrate Valentine’s Day in my class. I know my colleagues think I’m mean, but I’m refusing to celebrate it for many reasons. 1) Children hand out cards to each other and there’s always ...

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Dear Dr. Linda, I was interested in your column on how to prepare for midterms and finals. I shared it with our 15-year-old daughter because she always does poorly on big exams. That always happened to me, too. I wanted to help so she didn’t experience what I went through. As best I could, I ...

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Dear Dr. Linda, Willie is in the fourth grade and does well in reading and math. But when he has to write, even one sentence, he just sits and stares at the paper. And when he does write something down, his actual writing is a disaster. We can’t read a word. Even when we make him rewrite it, we ...

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Dear Dr. Linda, My grandson called me the other day and asked me if I knew what an 84-sided polygon is called. I didn’t know the answer, so I told him to ask his grandpa, who’s a retired accountant. He didn’t know either. Our grandson told us that his algebra teacher stopped in the middle of ...

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Dear Dr. Linda, Jenny, our smart, wonderful 10th grader, is in a state of panic because of her midterms. Last year, she did horribly on them and then she did just as poorly on her Regents and other finals. She did great in elementary school and middle school. She even does well in all her ...

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Dear Dr. Linda, I teach third grade and I want to tell parents to make sure their children have had breakfast before coming to school. They can’t learn if they’re hungry! I actually have a drawer of snacks in case a child is hungry. I shouldn’t have to do that. These children are not poor. In ...

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Dear Dr. Linda, My 8-year-old daughter, Samantha, and I were filling in the birthdays, anniversaries, holidays and other special days that we want to remember in the 2018 calendar. Suddenly she says, “Why do we celebrate New Year’s Day on Jan. 1? Did God decide that?” I was really impressed ...

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Dear Dr. Linda, We’re having Christmas dinner at our house this year. I’ve been preparing for weeks. The whole family is coming. My brother and his family are even flying in from Colorado. It’s been so difficult to have everyone together at holidays because of everyone’s schedules, but somehow, ...

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Dear Dr. Linda, We have two boys, Dan in 11th grade and Luke in eighth. Dan always gets straight A’s while his younger brother, Luke, gets B’s and C’s. As the years have gone on, Dan has kept his grades up but Luke’s have gone down. Not only have his grades gone down, but he seems to have ...

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Dear Dr. Linda, Over the past few years we have enjoyed your Thanksgiving quiz. My father-in-law asked if we’re going to have that quiz again. He truly enjoys it! I believe it’s because he knows most of the answers and feels important in front of all of us, especially his grandchildren.  He ...

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Dear Dr. Linda, I have a 3-month-old baby and have been reading to her from the day she was born. My husband has dyslexia and I’m concerned that she may have inherited it. Will this prevent it? Madison Dear Madison, I wish there was a guarantee that your baby wouldn’t inherit her dad’s ...

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Dear Dr. Linda, I read your column last year about Veterans Day. I would like to see that same column so that parents and teachers can use it to share with their children. Like the fifth-grade teacher who wrote to you last year, I feel it’s important for children to stop what they’re doing ...

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Dear Dr. Linda, My wife and I can’t believe this is happening to us, but we feel we can’t trust our daughter anymore. She was always an “A” student. In fact, we visited Yale on our way home from vacation this past summer because she always talked about going there. Then, at the end of eighth ...

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Dear Dr. Linda, In one of your columns you warned parents against letting their children have too much screen time. But you neglected to warn parents that they’re just as much at risk of hurting their brains by being on their smartphones all day. There’s much research out on how smartphones ...

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Dr. Linda, Thank you for your column about stress. The day I read it, my seventh-grade daughter, Lily, came home from school with a pile of binders that filled her entire backpack. This once happy little girl, who used to skip into the house after school, walked into the house and had a total ...

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Dear Dr. Linda, We have a daughter in 11th grade and a son in 8th. We met with their teachers at an open house and were told that they’re both great kids and are doing well. Of course, we didn’t get any more detail because it was Parent Open School Night. When we drove home, I told my husband ...

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Dear Dr. Linda, We’re only into the second week of school and our fifth-grade son, Joey, doesn’t want to go to school again. He’s never liked school. For years we blamed his teachers. Then we put him in private school and it didn’t get better. He’s a bright kid and self-driven. When he’s ...

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Dear Dr. Linda, Our 7-year-old daughter, Lily, is entering second grade. She receives a huge amount of help at school because of social and emotional issues. We have also gone out of the school for help because she is definitely a handful. She has been diagnosed with ADHD and is developmentally ...

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Dear Dr. Linda, I’m a retired teacher and grandmother of six. I read your column every week and decided it’s time to add my two cents. I’m concerned that no one is teaching our children and their parents that they need to follow rules of etiquette ranging from saying “thank you” when you hold ...

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Dear Dr. Linda, I’m proud to tell you that our daughter got a perfect score on the SATs. She wants to go to an Ivy League school or the equivalent, but we have no idea if she’ll get into any of those schools because she has a learning disability. We had her tested when she was 6 because we ...

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Dear Dr. Linda, According to the Merriam Webster Dictionary, a vacation is defined as follows: 1) a period spent away from home or business in travel or recreation; 2) a scheduled period during which activity (as of a court or school) is suspended; 3) a respite or a time of respite from ...

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Dear Dr. Linda, We have a son entering ninth grade and we’re truly concerned. He’s a nice kid but doesn’t get the best grades. It’s not because he can’t do the work. We actually don’t know what it is. But when we talk to him about it, he always—and we mean always—blames someone else for the low ...

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Dear Dr. Linda, The other day I was with my niece, who is going into seventh grade, and she was complaining about some of her friends at school. It was typical best-friend stuff that seventh grade girls go through. I didn’t ignore how she felt because I went through the same stuff when I was in ...

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